When it comes to crime, the Baltimore police have their hands full. Baltimore is a city of just 623,000 people. Yet, every year, they have more than 40,000 crimes. That's one crime for every 15-1/2 residents. Theoretically, that means that each resident will experience one crime every 15 years. That 1-in-15-1/2 also creates a helluva lot of suspects within that population; and may be why so many residents think they're being harassed by the cops.
Based on the murder rate per 1,000 people, Baltimore's is 9-1/4 times higher than the national average. The rape rate is twice that of the nation as a whole. The robbery rate stands at 6 times higher, and assault is almost 3 times the norm. All together, the violent crime rate per 1000 residents is nearly 4 times higher than the U.S. average.
According to the U.S. Attorney General and the Baltimore Mayor, the city has a civil rights problem within its police force.
To that, I say that the city -- which is 63% black and has a police force that is nearly half black -- has a civility problem. Not a civil rights problem. Police don't cause crime. They enforce the law and protect against it. When you have 438 crimes per square mile each year, something is seriously wrong and it isn't the police. They are simply being scapegoated for other more politically relevant problems; such as a 24% poverty rate and very high unemployment. Just 42% of the working-age adults in Freddie Gray's neighborhood have a job. Overall, young black men have a 37% unemployment rate in that city. Also, 36% of Baltimore's adult population are functionally illiterate and can't read at even a basic level. High poverty, unemployment, and illiteracy have all been linked to higher crime rates. Baltimore has them all.
After Freddie Gray death, U.S. starts civil rights probe of Baltimore police: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-city/bs-md-justice-announce-20150508-story.html#page=2
Baltimore Quick Facts: http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/24/24510.html
Baltimore Police Department: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baltimore_Police_Department
Just 42 percent of the residents in Freddie Gray’s neighborhood are employed: http://fusion.net/story/127163/just-42-percent-of-the-residents-in-freddie-grays-neighborhood-are-employed/
Baltimore's economy in black and white: http://money.cnn.com/2015/04/29/news/economy/baltimore-economy/
The Relationship between Crime and Unemployment: http://digitalcommons.iwu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1069&context=parkplace
Poverty and Crime | National Dialogue Network: http://www.nationaldialoguenetwork.org/poverty-and-crime/
Baltimore Literacy Rate: http://articles.baltimoresun.com/1999-04-19/news/9904170418_1_adult-literacy-literacy-rates-welfare-recipients
Two-Thirds of Students Who Can't Read by the Fourth Grade Will Either Wind Up in Jail or on Welfare: http://www.begintoread.com/research/literacystatistics.html